SOLA
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Volume 15
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Editorial
  • Tetsuya Takemi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages i-ii
    Published: 2019
    Released: January 09, 2019
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    Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA) has been a fully Open Access journal under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/ license/by/4.0) since 2018. Since the establishment in 2005, SOLA has been pursuing rapid review cycle and rapid publication to disseminate scientific findings and knowledge in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and the related fields. This goal is very challenging, but because of this goal, the number of papers submitted from the international community is increasing year by year.
    Last year, the Meteorological Society of Japan (MSJ) launched a new award, the Matsuno Award (MSJ 2017), to recognize the excellence in the presentation by graduate students at the MSJ meetings. SOLA will waive the Article Processing Charge for the papers authored by the recipients of the Matsuno Award. The papers authored by the recipients of the first Matsuno Award were published in SOLA (Yoshida and Takemi 2018; Yamamoto and Ishikawa 2018). In addition, SOLA is continuing to give The SOLA Award to outstanding paper(s) published each year. The Award winning paper in 2018 is Miura (2017) and Goto et al. (2017). The SOLA Award in 2018 will be announced shortly.
    In June 2018, the new Editorial Committee of SOLA has started and welcomed new members not only from Japan but also from the international community. SOLA welcomes submission from the international community in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and the related fields.
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  • Tetsuya Takemi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages iii
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 01, 2019
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    The Editorial Committee of Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere (SOLA) gives The SOLA Award to outstanding paper(s) published each year. I am pleased to announce that The SOLA Award in 2018 is going to be presented to the paper by Dr. Kosuke Ito et al., entitled with “Analysis and forecast using dropsonde data from the inner-core region of Tropical Cyclone Lan (2017) obtained during the first aircraft missions of T-PARCII” (Ito et al. 2018).
    Importance of dropsonde observations in the analysis and forecast of tropical cyclones (TCs) is well known, and such observations were operationally performed for the Atlantic hurricane. After the termination of the operational dropsonde observations in late 1980s, Dvorak technique has been used to estimate the intensity of TCs. However, uncertainties of Dvorak technique have been discussed for a long time, and dropsonde observations are essentially important for the precise information on TCs. The authors conducted dropsonde observations from an aircraft for TC Lan (2017) and, by assimilating the observed data, performed forecast experiments of the TC. They demonstrated potentially a positive impact of the dropsonde observations on the analysis and forecast of the TC. This study has demonstrated the importance of the dropsonde observations for TCs and is expected to enhance further studies investigations on the improvement of the analysis and forecast of TCs.
    Therefore, the Editorial Committee of SOLA highly evaluates the excellence of the paper.
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  • Daisuke Matsuoka, Shiori Sugimoto, Yujin Nakagawa, Shintaro Kawahara, ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 154-159
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 23, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: June 28, 2019
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    In this study, a stationary front is automatically detected from weather data using a U-Net deep convolutional neural network. The U-Net trained the transformation process from single/multiple physical quantities of weather data to detect stationary fronts using a 10-year data set. As a result of applying the trained U-Net to a 1-year untrained data set, the proposed approach succeeded in detecting the approximate shape of seasonal fronts with the exception of typhoons. In addition, the wind velocity (zonal and meridional components), wind direction, horizontal temperature gradient at 1000 hPa, relative humidity at 925 hPa, and water vapor at 850 hPa yielded high detection performance. Because the shape of the front extracted from each physical quantity is occasionally different, it is important to comprehensively analyze the results to make a final determination.

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  • Akifumi Nishi, Hiroyuki Kusaka
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 149-153
    Published: 2019
    Released: July 17, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: June 13, 2019
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    This study revealed that the Karakkaze events accompanied by rising temperature are more frequent than those accompanied by dropping temperature. This finding contrasted with the general belief for many years that the Karakkaze is a bora-type local wind. By focusing on the temporal evolution of temperature and wind, we were able to characterize three types of Karakkazes as follows: the surface wind speed and temperature both increase in the morning and then decrease in the afternoon (type Foehn-D); during the night, the temperature increases or stops decreasing, and the surface wind speed increases (type Foehn-N); and in the morning, the temperature decreases or stops increasing, and the surface wind speed increases (type Bora). As a result, we found that among the 238 Karakkazes that we identified, 103 were type Foehn-D events, 56 were type Foehn-N events, and 79 were type Bora events.

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  • Hiroki Teramura, Tomonori Sato, Kenta Tamura
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 143-148
    Published: 2019
    Released: June 27, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: May 31, 2019
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    This study investigated the impact of land surface heterogeneity on Mesoscale Convective System (MCS) initiations in East Asia, using geostationary satellite data during June–August from 1996 through 2018. The detected MCSs over land exhibited clear diurnal variation with the lowest existence frequency at 10:00 and highest initiation frequency during 12:00-17:00 local time. To quantify land surface heterogeneity, the spatial standard deviation of equivalent Black-Body Temperature (TBB) within a cloud-free 0.35° × 0.35° box (σLSTBB: Land Surface TBB) was computed for 10:00 each day. A comparison of the σLSTBB and MCS databases revealed that the probability of MCS initiations increased with increasing σLSTBB in East Mongolia while the probability was not sensitive to σLSTBB in East China. This indicated that MCSs tend to form over heterogeneous land surface conditions in the semiarid region. We found that the impact of land surface heterogeneity on MCS initiations was highest over flat terrain in East Mongolia, where the convection trigger due to topographically-induced circulation was absent. These results suggest that the impact of land surface heterogeneity on MCS initiations during the warm season varies with climate zones and terrain complexities in East Asia, with strongest impact in semiarid and flat regions.

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  • Xinyue Wang, Hironobu Iwabuchi, Naoya Takahashi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 137-142
    Published: 2019
    Released: June 27, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: May 29, 2019
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    Using several cloud properties retrieved from the Himawari-8 satellite, combined with the best track storm center information, the temporal-spatial features of tropical cyclone (TC) diurnal pulses in 2015 Super Typhoon Atsani (T1516) are coherently depicted. To demonstrate the radially outward transition processes of the diurnal pulses from one cloud type to another, we divided high clouds into three types: opaque high cloud (OHC), cirrostratus (Cs), and cirrus (Ci). Two alternatively appeared peaks in cloud top height (CTH) within the storm central area and their corresponding outward pulses are identified. The first pulse covers a 24-hour period, it starts at ∼0500-0700 local solar time (LST), with a gradual transition from OHC to Cs, then ends in Ci at around 0400 LST. The second pulse lasts for half a day and limited within 1000 km from the storm center. When the first CTH pulse ends in OHC, Cs, and Ci, their cloud fractional coverage and the outward expansion of large cloud optical thickness also reach maximum accordingly.

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  • Akifumi Nishi, Hiroyuki Kusaka, Lidia Lazarova Vitanova, Yuma Imai
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 132-136
    Published: 2019
    Released: June 20, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: May 27, 2019
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    We quantitatively evaluated the contributions of foehn winds and the urban heat island (UHI) effect to an extreme high-temperature nocturnal event at Niigata city on 23-24 August 2018. During this event, southeasterly winds blew continually across the Niigata Plain and temperatures on the plain were higher than those in the windward region of the mountain range. Back-trajectory analysis and numerical simulations with and without topography showed that the southeasterly winds were foehn winds that caused precipitation and latent heating on the windward slope of the mountain range. The foehn winds and UHI contributed about 2.8°C and 1.9°C, respectively, to the extreme high-temperature of 31.0°C at 2100 JST in Niigata city. The combined impact of the foehn winds and the UHI at Niigata was about 4.0°C during the night. The contribution of the foehn winds was greater at around midnight, whereas that of the UHI was greater during the early night.

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  • Tetsuya Takemi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 125-131
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 30, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: May 14, 2019
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    This study investigated the impacts of global warming on extreme rainfall produced by a slow-moving typhoon by conducting pseudo-global warming (PGW) experiments. We examined Typhoon Talas (2011) that caused long-lasting heavy rainfall exceeding 2000 mm over the Kii Peninsula. The experiments successfully captured the track and translation speed of the actual typhoon, which enabled to quantitatively assess the climate change impacts. The PGW experiments indicated that the extreme rainfall is intensified in the future climates than in the present climate. Especially, the higher extremes of the accumulated rainfall are projected to be more severe in the future climate scenario. The analysis on the environmental factors showed that the cases with increased precipitable water lead to the increases in rainfall in future climates, despite the stabilized atmospheric conditions. Among the PGW experiments, the most increased amount of rainfall was found not to be produced by the most intensified typhoon.

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  • Hien Xuan Bui, Jia-Yuh Yu, Hsiao-Wei Liu, Chia-Ying Tu, Pin-Ging Chiu, ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 119-124
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 30, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: May 01, 2019
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    While most studies have argued a slower increase of 1-3% K−1 of precipitation globally, others note that this is not necessarily the case from a regional perspective. In this study, we examine the convective structure changes over the equatorial Pacific with highly increased precipitation under global warming using simulations from the High Resolution Atmospheric Model (HiRAM). The moisture budget analysis shows that the precipitation increases must result from a significant enhancement of convection, with a minor modulation from the thermodynamic effect. Two different types of enhanced convection are identified. Over the mean ascending region, precipitation increases are associated with an enhancement of deep convection; while over the mean descending region, the precipitation increases are a result of enhanced shallow convection.

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  • Van Q. Doan, Van Nguyen Dinh, Hiroyuki Kusaka, Thanh Cong, Ansar Khan, ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 113-118
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 30, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: April 25, 2019
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    This study revealed great potential and shortcoming of offshore wind energy in Vietnam by numerical simulations with Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model at 10-km resolution for 10 years (2006-2015). The greatest energy potential was found in the offshore area of Phu Quy island (Binh Thuan province). The area, alone, can provide the 38.2 GW power generation capacity corresponding to the increasing renewable-energy demand by 2030 planned by the country. There is also a drawback of the wind resource, which is associated with strong multiple-scale temporal variabilities. The seasonal variability associated with monsoon onsets and daily variability associated with the wind diurnal cycles were found ranging 30-50%. Meanwhile, the inter-annual variability could reach up to 10%. These variabilities must be considered when designing wind farms and grids over the region. Additionally, due to the fact that the WRF model performed climatological features of the winds well against the observations, this results indicate that it can be useful tools for wind-power assessment as compared to other reanalysis or QuikSCAT data with coarser spatio-temporal resolutions.

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  • Masaya Nosaka, Hiroaki Kawase, Hidetaka Sasaki, Akihiko Murata
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 107-112
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 22, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: April 24, 2019
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    High-frequency variations are excluded in the merged satellite and in-situ data global daily sea surface temperature (MGDSST) used in weather forecasting in Japan Meteorological Agency. We investigated the importance of temporal resolution on sea surface temperature (SST) when predicting winter precipitation using the Non-Hydrostatic Regional Climate Model. We used seven-day temporal smoothing to investigate the influence of temporal resolution on prediction. The Gaussian filter was used as spatial smoothing for comparison with the influence of spatial resolution. The influence of the temporal resolution of SST on monthly precipitation is smaller than that of spatial resolution. However, the influence of the temporal resolution on daily precipitation is comparable to that of spatial resolution. The temporal resolution of SST greatly affects precipitation, particularly in December, as the variations in SST are largest compared to the rest of the year. Furthermore, the winter monsoon promotes the effect of SST on winter precipitation. Our experiments using seven-day moving average smoothing indicates that the temporal resolution of the SST on precipitation become about 15 %/K under the winter monsoon.

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  • Tomoe Nasuno
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 99-106
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 16, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: April 23, 2019
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    Transport of moisture over the western Maritime Continent (MC) was examined using global cloud-system-resolving simulations for the Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC) field campaigns in 2015 and 2017, under peak El Niño and moderate La Niña conditions, respectively. We focused on the role of high- and low-frequency variability in the moistening over land and ocean, and their relationship with intraseasonal oscillation (ISO) events.

    The period-mean profiles indicate moistening by low-frequency upward motion in the deep troposphere and drying (moistening) in the lower (middle and upper) troposphere by high-frequency variability. The advection over ocean was greater in 2017 than in 2015, with the opposite occurring over land with smaller interannual differences. Over ocean, the roles of the high-frequency variability in the ISO life cycle, namely, the lower-to-middle-tropospheric moistening (enhanced upward transport of moisture) during the preconditioning (active) phases of the ISO, were common in both years, while over land, the high-frequency effects were nearly in phase (not correlated) with the ISO in the 2015 (2017) case. These results highlight clear land-ocean contrasts in the sensitivity of local convection to the background state and its link with the ISO life cycle.

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  • Kenji Suzuki, Rimpei Kamamoto, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Michinobu Nonaka, T ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 94-98
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 14, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: April 10, 2019
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    A field observation was carried out along the coast of the Japan Sea in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 winter seasons, using the Ground-based Particle Image and Mass Measurement System (G-PIMMS) to evaluate the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) dual-frequency precipitation radar (DPR) precipitation type classification algorithm. The G-PIMMS was installed at Kanazawa University and Ishikawa Prefectural University, which are around 10 km apart from each other. The G-PIMMS observations showed that the major precipitation particle type (graupel or snowflake) was different in the precipitation types classified by the GPM DPR algorithm.

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  • Han Lin, Feng Zhang, Kun Wu, Jing Xu
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 87-93
    Published: 2019
    Released: May 14, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: April 01, 2019
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    Five δ-two-stream and δ-four-stream schemes are compared in solar spectra using the Rapid Radiative Transfer Model for General Circulation Models Applications (RRTMG). By calculating the flux and heating rate in various atmosphere, it is found that, in accuracy, the δ-four-stream schemes overwhelmingly outperform the δ-two-stream schemes. The precision of adding algorithm of the δ-four-stream spherical harmonic expansion (δ-4SDA) is comparable to that of adding algorithm of the δ-four-stream discrete ordinates method (δ-4DDA). Furthermore, the accuracy of the adding algorithm of δ-Eddington approximation (δ-2SDA) is close to that of δ-two-stream approximation with Practical Improved Flux Method (δ-PIFM), while adding algorithm of δ-two-stream discrete ordinates method (δ-2DDA) produces the poorest results among the five approximate schemes. For the RRTMG model with radiative transfer calculation, the computational time of δ-4SDA is about 1.5 times that of δ-two-stream schemes, and the computational time of δ-4SDA is about 88% that of δ-4DDA.

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  • Kengo Arai, Kazuaki Yasunaga
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 80-86
    Published: 2019
    Released: April 12, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: March 26, 2019
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    This study examines dominant precipitation patterns during winter in the north-central region (Hokuriku District) of Japan, based on empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) analysis. The pattern of the first leading component is similar to that of the mean precipitation, and the second leading component shows a dipole structure in which positive and negative regions are separated by the coast line. This dipole pattern across the coast line is robust regardless of data stratifications for the EOF calculation. Composites reveal that maritime and inland precipitation is relatively enhanced before and after the passage of a mid-level trough, respectively. In the former case, the temperature is higher and westerly or southwesterly wind prevails, while northwesterly wind dominates in the latter case. It is suggested that interactions between cold air over the land and warm air over the ocean are essentially important to the distinct precipitation patterns; offshore winds wedge the inland cold air under the maritime warm air, and intensifies the precipitation over the ocean. On the other hand, the northwesterly monsoonal flow pushes the maritime warm air onto the inland cold air, and more precipitation is brought about around the mountain range.

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  • Kazuto Takemura, Akihiko Shimpo
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 75-79
    Published: 2019
    Released: April 06, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: March 04, 2019
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    Herein, (i) the remote influence of positive Indian Ocean Dipole (P-IOD) events in enhancing Tibetan High and (ii) its impact on the East Asian climate, from July to September, is analyzed based on composite analysis and linear baroclinic model experiment. In the equatorial Indian Ocean, convective activity enhances over the western part and suppresses over the eastern, which is associated with the zonal contrast of the sea surface temperature anomaly during P-IOD events. A lower-tropospheric clockwise circulation anomaly is evident from the eastern equatorial Indian Ocean where the suppressed convection is seen to the Indochina Peninsula. The streamlines arrive at the seas east of the Philippines, contributing to the enhancement of the monsoon trough. In the upper troposphere, crucial divergence anomaly over a wide area in the western North Pacific and the associated stronger-than-normal northward divergent winds toward East Asia cause strong northward negative-vorticity advection over the northern part of East Asia, contributing to the northeastward extension of the Tibetan High. This circulation anomaly contributes to both the significantly hot conditions in boreal summer and the late-summer heat over East Asia.

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  • Feng Zhang, Hang Ren, Lijuan Miao, Yadong Lei, Mingkeng Duan
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 68-74
    Published: 2019
    Released: March 27, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: February 25, 2019
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    As the earth's third pole, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau belongs to one of the most sensitive regions to climate change in the world. Based on the observed and the simulated daily precipitation from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5), we evaluated the simulation performance of daily precipitation from selected CMIP5 models from 1975 to 2005 over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. We found that daily precipitation exhibited obvious long-range correlation characteristics using the detrended fluctuation analysis method. The scaling exponents of daily precipitation in summer and autumn are significantly larger than those in spring and winter. MIROC4H with the best performance can reproduce long-range correlation characteristic of daily precipitation series probably because of the higher resolution, which can capture small scale cloud convections. Besides there are seasonal differences in the simulation results among different regions of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, simulation effects of all climate models in summer and winter are better than those in spring and autumn. The performance of MIROC4H model works the best in spring. Overall, the scaling exponents of daily precipitation from BCC-CSM1-1-M, CMCC-CM and MIROC4H are close to the observations. CCSM4 and MIROC4H climate models could reproduce the internal dynamics characteristic of daily precipitation in autumn. But for winter, all climate models have exaggerated the scaling value in southeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau compared with the observed values.

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  • Hai Bui, Shigeo Yoden, Eriko Nishimoto
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 62-67
    Published: 2019
    Released: March 21, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: February 25, 2019
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    We present a three-dimensional minimal model that produces a self-sustained oscillation reminiscent of the quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) in a radiative–moist convective quasi-equilibrium state. The computational domain is rectangular (640 km × 160 km) with doubly periodic boundary conditions. After initial transient time, an oscillation with a period of about 300 days emerges in the stratosphere, both in the domain-averaged zonal wind and meridional wind. A synchronization of the zonal and meridional winds is observed and is characterized as an anti-clockwise rotation of a skewed spiral feature with height in the mean horizontal wind vectors. The QBO-like wind oscillations penetrate into the troposphere. Modulation of tropospheric temperature anomalies and precipitation occurs with an irregular period of about 100 days, in which heavy precipitation is associated with positive temperature anomalies. The simulation reveals three types of precipitation patterns: isolated quasi-stationary type clusters, fast-moving back-building type and squall-line type patterns. The quasi-stationary type is newly identified in this three-dimensional model. Intermittent self-organization of convective systems into quasi-stationary type and transition back to the fast-moving back-building type or squall-line type are fundamental characteristics of self-aggregation in the three-dimensional model.

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  • Shogo Sakai, Hironobu Iwabuchi, Feng Zhang
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 57-61
    Published: 2019
    Released: March 16, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: February 19, 2019
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    We have developed a rapid simplified algorithm to retrieve cloud optical thickness and cloud-top height from measurements of the infrared split-window bands of Himawari-8. The method is based on a rapid calculation model for clear-sky brightness temperatures and empirical equations for cloud, for which the coefficients are determined by a fit to a more rigorous radiative-transfer model. This method can be applied regardless of regions excluding the polar regions and season by taking into account the temperature, humidity, sea surface temperature, and surface emissivity. In this study, we have demonstrated that this method captures well the diurnal cycle of cloud amounts of different cloud types in the warm-pool region around Indonesia. With an accelerated retrieval process by a factor of around 1,000 compared with the the physics-based retrieval, our rapid cloud retrieval algorithm yielded cloud amounts that agree quantitatively with those from a more rigorous, physics-based cloud retrieval method.

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  • Kei Kawai, Yuta Nishio, Kenji Kai, Jun Noda, Erdenebadrakh Munkhjargal ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 52-56
    Published: 2019
    Released: March 07, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: February 01, 2019
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    Asian dust is transported over a long range via the mid-latitude westerlies when dust is lifted to the free troposphere over the source regions, whereas dust remaining in the atmospheric boundary layer is not transported far. In the Gobi Desert, a major source region of Asian dust, a ceilometer (compact lidar) monitors the vertical distribution of dust at Dalanzadgad, Mongolia. On 29-30 April 2015, the ceilometer observed a developed dust storm over the ground, followed by a dust layer within a height of 1.2-1.8 km. The dust storm had already developed in the upwind region before reaching Dalanzadgad. This feature was also shown in the ceilometer observation data. The dust layer remained at almost the same height for 12 h, because the dust became trapped within an inversion layer at a height of 1.2-1.5 km over cold air. This result suggests that the inversion layer prevented the dust from reaching the free troposphere, thereby restraining the long-range transport of the dust via the westerlies. This is the first paper that reports this type of vertical distribution of dust in the source region based on observation data.

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  • Wenkai Li, Shuzhen Hu, Zongmei Pan, Xiaoyun Su, Xinyue Luo, Yijuan Wan ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 47-51
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 28, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 31, 2019
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    The apparent temperature (APT), or human-perceived temperature, is commonly defined as a function of the surface air temperature (SAT), vapour pressure (or humidity) and wind speed. This paper demonstrates that the APT over China, as revealed by daily station-observed data, has generally increased faster than the SAT during summertime in the past 50 years (1968-2017). The rate of increase in APT was significantly faster than that of SAT in 60.1% of stations, and the difference between the average China-wide APT and SAT was 0.11°C decade−1. This phenomenon is occurring nationwide, but it is more intense over western, north-eastern and eastern coastal China. The more rapid increasing trend in APT indicates that human beings actually experience surplus heat stress under a certain change in SAT, and the increased SAT explains 67.0% of the average APT warming for the country, contributing to the change in the base APT. Apart from the increasing SAT, a decrease in surface wind speed and an increase in surface vapour pressure have also been observed, contributing to 21.6% of the increase in APT and explaining the remaining 11.4%, respectively.

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  • Koji Terasaki, Shunji Kotsuki, Takemasa Miyoshi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 41-46
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 28, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 31, 2019
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    This study investigates the long-term stability of the global atmospheric data assimilation system, incorporating the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter (LETKF) with the Nonhydrostatic ICosahedral Atmospheric Model (NICAM). The NICAM-LETKF system assimilates conventional observations, advanced microwave sounding unit–A (AMSU-A) radiances, and global satellite mapping of precipitation (GSMaP) data. The long-term stability of the data assimilation system can be investigated only by running an expensive long-term experiment. This study successfully performed a data assimilation experiment with more than 2 years of data, using the relaxation to prior spread (RTPS) method for covariance inflation. Analysis fields indicate a stable physical performance compared with the ERA-interim data for the entire experimental period.

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  • Van Q. Doan, Hiroyuki Kusaka
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 37-40
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 23, 2019
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    This study introduces a new multiple-layer urban canopy model (MUCM) combined with a ray-tracing algorithm. In the model, we parameterize the urban morphology as an infinite array of identical three-dimensional buildings separated by roads. Heat exchanges are solved for each urban surface at each vertical layer. The ray-tracing scheme is used to explicitly calculate the view factors as well as both the sunlit and shadow fractions of the urban surfaces during the daytime. As a test, we show that this combined MUCM accurately models observations at Kugahara, Tokyo. Thus, the combined MUCM is a new tool for urban climate modelers to more realistically represent radiative processes on urban surfaces. In particular, it may contribute to our understanding of urban climate in the mega-cities of Asia, which generally have high-rise buildings that are more difficult to model with simpler radiative schemes.

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  • Seika Tanji, Masaru Inatsu
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 32-36
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 13, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 23, 2019
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    Blowing snow potential is diagnosed for typical cases around Sapporo, Japan, as snow concentration and visibility based on dynamically downscaled data with 1-km resolution. The results are consistent with the blowing-snow records on time and place of traffic disruption, when the dynamical downscaling (DDS) reproduced wind speed well for a case. The diagnosis with mesoscale model analysis with 5-km resolution does not reproduce the blowing snow events in most area, however. Hence, the DDS potentially, not perfectly, adds the value to estimate blowing snow potential, despite a large scale-gap from an explicit representation of small-scale turbulence related to blowing snow. Sensitivity tests clarify that blowing snow requires strong wind and freezing temperature at the surface.

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  • Truong Van Thinh, Phan Cao Duong, Kenlo Nishida Nasahara, Takeo Tadono
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 28-31
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 11, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 24, 2019
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    A land use/land cover map is an important input for different applications. However, the accuracy of land cover maps remains a great uncertainty and mapping accuracy assessment is not well-documented. The objective of this paper is to examine the relationship between overall accuracy and the number of classification classes by conducting a literature review of land cover/land use studies. The results revealed a weak negative correlation between the map's accuracy and the number of classes. The paper suggests a decrease of 0.77% map's overall accuracy with respect to the increase of 1 land cover class. The average overall accuracy produced by 05 sensor types does not show the big difference. In addition, high spatial resolution sensor such as Airborne might not be always advantageous for producing high overall accuracy map since its accuracy depends on several factors including the number of land cover classes.

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  • Tetsuya Takemi, Toshiya Yoshida, Shota Yamasaki, Kentaro Hase
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 22-27
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 06, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 16, 2019
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    An intense tropical cyclone, Typhoon Jebi (2018), landed the central part of Japan and caused severe damages. Quantitative assessment of strong winds in urban districts under typhoon conditions is important to understand the underlying risks. As a preliminary study, we investigate the influences of densely built urban environments on the occurrence of wind gusts in an urban district of Osaka City during Typhoon Jebi by merging mesoscale meteorological and building-resolving large-eddy simulations (LES). With the successful reproduction of the track and intensity of the typhoon in meteorological simulations, the simulated winds at the boundary-layer top of the LES model are used to quantitatively estimate the wind gusts in the urban district. The maximum wind gust in the analysis area of Osaka was estimated as 60-70 m s−1, which is comparable to the wind speed at the height of about 300 m.

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  • Akifumi Nishi, Hiroyuki Kusaka
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 17-21
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 05, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 15, 2019
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    In this study, we use observational data and numerical models to reveal whether foehn wind affects the record-breaking high-temperature event (41.1°C) at Kumagaya on July 23, 2018. On this day, the weather conditions at Kumagaya satisfied the conditions described in Takane et al. (2014) for a likely extreme high temperature (EHT) day: a “whale-tail” pressure pattern, no precipitation for 6 days, a high potential temperature at 850 hPa, and northerly surface winds. Our back-trajectory analysis shows that the air parcels came to Kumagaya from heights up to 3.0 km above sea level over the Sea of Japan. The Lagrangian energy budget analysis shows that adiabatic heating accounts for about 87.5% of the increase of the thermal energy given to the air parcel, with the rest from diabatic heating. The diabatic heating is caused by heating associated with surface sensible heat flux and the mixing by turbulent diffusion. The adiabatic and diabatic heating are calculated to have raised the temperature of air parcel by 14 and 2.0 K, respectively, for this EHT event. We conclude that the dynamic foehn effect and diabatic heating from the surface, together with mixing in the atmospheric boundary layer, affected the formation of this EHT event.

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  • Akifumi Nishi, Hiroyuki Kusaka
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 12-16
    Published: 2019
    Released: February 05, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: January 03, 2019
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    This study uses a numerical model to examine how a convex feature and a gap feature in a mountain range affect the leeward wind field. In the “convexity case”, the mountain ridge has a convex feature (viewed from above). In the “gap case”, the mountain ridge has a gap. The results show that both cases have local winds at the surface exceeding 8 m s−1, and both have similar spatial flow-patterns. However, the momentum budgets at the strong-wind regions differ between the cases. In the convexity case, the downdrafts are important in the momentum balance, whereas in the gap case, both the downdrafts and the pressure-gradient force are important. Thus, although their spatial patterns of surface wind are similar to each other, their mechanisms for producing a strong local wind differ.

    Sensitivity experiments of Frm show that strong-wind appears in both the convexity and gap cases when Frm is between 0.42 and 1.04. In contrast, when Frm is 0.21, strong winds only appear in the gap case because the flow can go around the gap. When Frm exceeds 1.25, strong surface winds appear in the entire leeward plain.

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  • Takumi Honda, Shohei Takino, Takemasa Miyoshi
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 7-11
    Published: 2019
    Released: January 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: December 18, 2018
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    Tropical cyclones (TCs) and associated heavy precipitation have large impacts in Japan. This study aims to find how data assimilation (DA) of every-10-minute all-sky Himawari-8 radiances could improve the quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) for TC cases. As the first step, this study performs a single case study of Typhoon Malakas (2016) using a regional atmospheric model from the Scalable Computing for Advanced Library and Environment (SCALE) coupled with the local ensemble Kalman filter (LETKF). The results show that the all-sky Himawari-8 radiance DA at 6-km resolution improves the representation of Malakas and may provide more accurate deterministic and probabilistic precipitation forecasts if the horizontal localization scale is chosen appropriately.

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  • Long Trinh-Tuan, Jun Matsumoto, Fredolin T. Tangang, Liew Juneng, Faye ...
    2019 Volume 15 Pages 1-6
    Published: 2019
    Released: January 19, 2019
    [Advance publication] Released: December 14, 2018
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    The Quantile Mapping (QM) bias correction (BC) technique was applied for the first time to address biases in the simulated precipitation over Vietnam from the Regional Climate Model (RegCM) driven by five Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) Global Climate Model (GCM) products. The QM process was implemented for the period 1986-2005, and subsequently applied to the mid-future period 2046-2065 under both Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 4.5 and RCP 8.5. Comparison with the original model outputs during the independent validation period shows a large bias reduction from 45% to 3% over Vietnam and significant improvements in representing precipitation indices (PI) after applying the QM technique. Moreover, the ensemble average of the BC products generally performed better than an individual BC member in capturing the spatial distribution of the PIs. A drier condition with a longer rainfall break, and shorter consecutive rainfall events are anticipated over Northern and Central Vietnam during their respective wet seasons in the mid-future. Furthermore, this study showed that the QM method minimally modified the future changes in PIs over most of Vietnam; thus, these corrected projections could be used in climate impacts and adaptation studies.

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